Dr. Arthur L. Stone held the position of City Health Director in Camden from 1923 until his passing in 1945. During his tenure, he served under various mayors, including Victor King, Winfield Scott Price, Roy R. Stewart, Frederick von Nieda, and George Brunner. Dr. Stone was a strong advocate for an immunization program that played a crucial role in nearly eradicating diphtheria from the city. However, before this achievement, one of Camden’s prominent figures, Commissioner William D. Sayrs, fell ill with diphtheria in late January 1928, ultimately leading to his resignation.
In January 1933, Dr. Stone assumed the role of the City of Camden’s “director of relief,” a term used at the time for what we now refer to as “welfare.” His tenure in this position was relatively short-lived, as he clashed with Wayland P. Cramer, who served as the director of the Camden County Emergency Relief Administration, and subsequently resigned in August 1933.
In 1936, Dr. Stone’s residence was recorded as 2838 Berkley Street. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1945 and was succeeded by Dr. David Helm Jr. as the city’s health director. Mrs. Olive D. Stone, his spouse, was still residing at their Berkley Street home when the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled. However, she had moved to 210 East Maple Avenue when the 1959 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory was published.
Dr. Arthur L. Stone was a strong advocate for an immunization program that played a crucial role in nearly eradicating diphtheria from the city.
As director of Camden’s health department, Dr. David Helm added pertussis and tetanus immunization to the city clinics and school program and eliminated rabies from the area, through rigid control of stray dogs.
Dr. Arthur L. Stone, city health director, yesterday revealed that 217 cases of measles have been reported to his office since January 1.
In one local hospital more than 300 persons were treated last week, and in the past few weeks the number has increased at each clinic, Dr. Stone reported.
“We shall hold a short mass meeting on the steps of City Hall Plaza at which the New Declaration of Independence of the Continental Congress will be read.
Nearly 100 Camden factory and shipyard workers were poisoned yesterday after eating food contained in box lunches.